The Big Sick

AN AWKWARD TRUE STORY.

Uber driver and fledgling stand-up comedian Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) starts dating a white girl (Zoe Kazan), but he can’t work up the courage to tell his parents; then she becomes sick… A charming romantic comedy that cleverly borrows from real life as the writers found their own romance to be a source of comedy and emotion. The film treats its clash with conservative immigrant parents knowingly and disarmingly, while also offering an amusing depiction of the Chicago stand-up scene and a wonderful relationship between Nanjiani and his girlfriend’s parents who end up bonding in crisis. He and Kazan are both perfect leads, richly supported by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano as a couple with a complex dynamic of their own.

2017-U.S. 120 min. Color. Produced by Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel. Directed by Michael Showalter. Screenplay: Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani. Cast: Kumail Nanjiani (Kumail), Zoe Kazan (Emily Gardner), Holly Hunter (Beth Gardner), Ray Romano (Terry Gardner), Bo Burnham, Zenobia Shroff.

Trivia: Co-executive produced by Gordon and Nanjiani. 

Quote: “What’s my stance on 9/11? Oh um, anti. It was a tragedy, I mean we lost 19 of our best guys.” (Nanjiani)

Last word: “I would say that the characterizations, outside of me and Emily, are fairly different. Her parents in the movie are very different from her parents in real life. My parents are not as different. My dad and mom are pretty similar to those people. Obviously, the details are different. We wanted […] to make it a story everyone could relate to, and make it a movie that stands on its own, outside the factual events. But we wanted to make sure that emotionally it felt real.” (Nanjiani, The A.V. Club)

 

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